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RACHEL ADKINS | portfolio 2017

HOMESTEAD| childrenswear A farm: the rudimentary, but vital base of all modern life; Homestead is a study of simplification. Drawing inspiration from the designs of Acne Studios, basic geometric forms are identified, then translated into garments suitable for the everyday functions of a child.

METABOLIC| menswear Metabolism: an architectural movement that fused ideas of megastructures with those of biological growth. Metabolic is inspired by the work of post-war, Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange. It presents ideas of alternative structure, and how constrictive lines and sharp angles can be translated into natural forms that interact organically with the body.

AERIAL | womenswear The 1920’s were a turbulent time for aeronautic development. Inspired by culture surrounding the rise of commercial airplanes, Aerial combines multiple historical notes, derived from art deco graphics seen in airline advertisements and 1920’s silhouettes, to create contemporary looks for the affluent women lucky enough to afford a transcontinental flight, or those who would rather be their own pilot.




2704 Jefferson Ave Apt. 16 | Cincinnati, OH 45219 | (614) 266 - 4664


University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH • College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning • Major | Fashion Design • Class of 2019 • GPA | 3.8 Westerville South High School | Westerville, OH • Class of 2014 • GPA | 3.8/4.0

Costume Castle | December 2015 - December 2016 | Loveland, OH Designer • Oversaw daily retail activity • Performed garment alterations • Drafted and constructed custom garments and accessories • Styled outfits for clients/theatrical productions • Worked closely with clients on a 1-on-1 basis to meet goals • Cooperated personally with a small team of designers on many collaborative projects Jo-ann Fabric & Craft | May - August 2015 | Columbus, OH Team Member • Provided excellent customer service • Cooperated within a team to assure smooth daily operations and guest satisfaction • Cut and measured fabric and other crafting materials • Operated multiple computer programs • Taught introductory sewing classes College • Dean’s List • Sigma Alpha Pi Honors Society candidate • St. Vincent de Paul RetroFittings Show crew/dresser • UC DAAP Fashion Show crew/dresser • Personal work featured on FOX19 News High School • Honors diploma recipient • President’s Award of Academic Excellence recipient • Scholar athlete award received all four years


Design • 10 years sewing experience • Pattern drafting • Excellent garment construction • Fashion illustration • Digital/Traditional flat drawing • Print and pattern • Graphic design and layouts • Experience with trend research Computer • Photoshop • Illustrator • InDesign • Microsoft Suite Business • Flexible and adaptive to varying work environments • Detail oriented • Personal organization and planning skills • Self-sufficient • Training in American Sign Language • Works well under deadlines • Goal driven • Ability to multi-task • Eager to learn • Experience working in cooperative groups

Available upon request

Thank You.


Portfolio (updated) for 2017. DAAP, University of Cincinnati - Fashion Design

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